June 10th West Buttress Denali Expedition – Moved on up to Camp 3!

Climber Sam called in with a lively update from the June 10th Team to report on their “Herculean carry” from Camp 2 up to Camp 3! 

You’ve got to hear it from Sam himself: Audio Recording

Giant backpacks, “hills that shall not be named”, free cheesecake from the neighbors, and an “absolute blast” making their way to “paradise up here”! Sam’s report really captures the essence of their day, and we’re so stoked for this small 4-person team to have made it to 14,200′!

A beautiful day at 14-Camp.

Making it to 14,200′ is a huge milestone for expeditions ascending the West Buttress Route on Denali. It’s where the “walking” ends, and the “climbing” begins. Much of their expedition thus far has been approaching the West Buttress via the Kahiltna Glacier, but now they are positioned directly below the Headwall which leads up to the 16,000′ Ridge and takes climbers to the final camp before the Summit!

Camp 3 is what some folks call “Advanced Basecamp” on Denali because this glacial plateau will transform into a small city of expeditions and climbing groups waiting for their “weather window” to launch an attempt at the summit.

The 14,200′ Camp is situated in a big flat bowl of terrain which allows expedition members to move safely unroped between camps, creating a very social atmosphere as climbers get to wander through camp and strike up conversations with other expedition teams. In this half-a-square-mile stretch of snow, you’re likely to hear dozens of different languages from all over the world. It’s a great time for our international team members to find their compatriots and spend some quality time speaking their native tongue. It’s also a time for our various teams to come together and strategize for how to approach the remaining part of the climb.

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  1. Great work!!At this rate you’ll be done even before we’re ready for CR . Keep it up…I put in a special request for good weather

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